Four Days in Paris: Day 4

Isha and I only had two main agendas for our last day in Paris: to visit the Monnaie de Paris and to have lunch with our friend Barbi Chan!

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Monnaie de Paris was recommended by Mich Dulce who showed us some photos from the current exhibit. Maurizio Cattelan is an Italian artist born in 1960. If art is supposed to evoke emotion, then Cattelan definitely succeeds in his shocking displays.

Novecento, 1997 & Untitled, 2007
Novecento, 1997 & Untitled, 2007
La Nona Ora, 1999
La Nona Ora, 1999

La Nona Ora is among Cattelan’s most well-known works. The realistic wax statue of Pope John Paul II crushed by a meteorite forms part of an elaborate theatrical tableau. The stricken Pope, dressed in formal ecclesiastical gowns, and holding on to his ferule, lies prostrate on a broad, red carpet covering the whole Salon d’Honneur. Named for the time when Christ died on the cross, the dramatic image of physical suffering is a powerful vision, symbol of his duty and the burden that he weighs on his shoulders. The Pope is one of many authority figures that Cattelan has targeted in his practice, and the artist denies that La Nona Ora is specifically anti-Catholic. The papal figure is also the one of the father, and today Cattelan can “say that the pope is linked to (his) dad, the father figure, but the work didn’t come up that way. Initially my idea was closer to that which had brought me to explore safety deposit boxes, that is to say, to stage the contrast between power and vulnerability.” — Monnaie de Paris

Mini-Me, 1999
Mini-Me, 1999
Untitled, 2007
Untitled, 2007

“The non-traditional canine family structure is far more acceptable today than ever before.” — Inez and Vinoodh, Photographers

Untitled, 2001
Untitled, 2001

Though the mise-en-scène suggests that a burglary is afoot, the details are ambiguous: is Cattelan planning a theft or is he simply seeking a more direct relationship with the art by circumventing the institution’s structured viewing? In the latter interpretation, he offers visitors a fantasy of alternate access points, creating a surreptitious channel between what is outside and inside the exhibition and encouraging viewers to look with fresh eyes. Alternately, Cattelan self-consciously cast himself as an outsider, thief, or impostor amid established art history. This interpretation resonates with the recurring theme of anxiety in his work, illustrating the character who fell into the art world by chance. — Monnaie de Paris

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Charlie Don't Surf, 1997
Charlie Don’t Surf, 1997

“I’m from the same generation as Maurizio Cattelan and, like him, I experienced an extremely coercive educational system with corporal punishment at its core. ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child.’ Teachers used to hit pupils every day: it was a common practice. When I was about 7 or 8, one of my classmates spat in the face of a teacher who had just hit him. This astonished us. We were on the side of power, and subscribed to the idea that the system could use violence to educate us. The teacher was just as surprised and shocked as we were. He took the necessary steps to have this boy removed from the school. Before his expulsion, the boy had been called in with his parents to make his apologies to the teacher in front of the whole class – which he refused to do when he arrived. It was unbelievable. So unsettling that I don’t even remember talking about it with the other pupils. We never saw our classmate again and I forgot his name. The teacher was called Mr. Le Soir. It wasn’t until years later that I understood that this child’s action had been heroic. He alone among us was not paralyzed in the face of power and violence. When I looked at Charlie Don’t Surf, this childhood memory naturally came back to me. In my memory, the boy became like Charlie, a small being who zealously refuses to bow down to the omnipotence of the order which nails him to the spot. I can’t be against Charlie Don’t Surf, I am against with him.” — Thomas Lenthal, Creative Director

Untitled, 2007
Untitled, 2007

Like a hunting trophy in reverse, the untitled work is also the antithesis of the typically heroic equestrian monument familiar to art history. Cattelan’s horse appears to have attempted a valiant leap, only to have been thwarted by the thick wall. Neither striking a spectacular pose nor making a successful escape from the exhibition, he is stuck in the liminal space in-between. Likewise, the horse seems suspended between life and death, his decapitation suggested but hidden from view. — Monnaie de Paris

All, 2007
All, 2007

“Marble does not hide” As a man, and all the more as a man of government, before All by Maurizio Cattelan, I can only feel dismay at those nine lives cut short, witness to the migrants’ tragedy, about which our generation will inevitablybe called to account by those to come. Marble does not hide, marble preserves. And art that narrates reality is not a provocation or an irreverence but a warning about what must be done. — Dario Franceschini, Ministry of culture and tourism of the Italian government

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We, 2011
We, 2011

It’s a double self-portrait of the artist in bed with himself that relies on scale shifts, doubling, and theatrical presentation to present a surreal, psychological depiction. Wearing tailored suits and well-made but scuffed shoes, the similar, but not identical three-foot-tall likenesses lie on a small wooden bed covered with delicately embroidered bedding. Without touching, they stare blankly into space. The waxen quality of the faces is eerily lifeless, suggesting that the bodies are lying in wake. — Monnaie de Paris

Reminds me of the Death Cab for Cutie song, "Brothers on a Hotel Bed"
Reminds me of the Death Cab for Cutie song, “Brothers on a Hotel Bed”
Untitled, 2000
Untitled, 2000

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“Everything I do has an autobiographical resonance, but I can’t control it.” – Maurizio Cattelan

Him, 2001
Him, 2001

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An encounter with Him unravels as a carefully orchestrated sequence of recognition. Approaching from behind, the viewer sees the figure of a boy kneeling at the back of the gallery. Neatly dressed in a gray tweed jacket and britches, his hair dutifully combed down and his hands clasped in prayer, the diminutive form presents a model of submission of piety. But the instinctive feeling of tenderness engendered by the figure is dramatically overturned the moment his face is seen, revealing the unmistakable visage of Adolf Hitler. The sight of one of History’s most reviled figures reduced to the scale of a vulnerable child and posed in an attitude of apparent contrition sets up a tacit confrontation with the Catholic doctrine of absolution. — Monnaie de Paris

Untitled (Gérard), 1999
Untitled (Gérard), 1999

“Comedians manipulate and make fun of reality. Whereas I actually think that reality is far more provocative than my art.” – Maurizio Cattelan

One of my best trips to the museum! I really enjoyed reading all the written interpretations by different people from different fields. Time flew and we rushed to Le Servan to meet with Barbi.

Barbi looking so excited to see us! I was too since I hadn't seen her in YEARS!
Barbi looking so excited to see us! I was too since I hadn’t seen her in YEARS!
Sorry for the low-resolution, I'd already packed away my camera by this time. Used my phone for this one!
Sorry for the low-resolution, I’d already packed away my camera by this time. Used my phone for this one!

Le Servan’s chef, Ms. Levha, was born in Manila but raised in Paris. She describes her dishes as, “traditional French cuisine with a little Asian twist.”

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Deeelish!
Deeelish!
Heading back to the hotel
Heading back to the hotel

Isha caught an earlier flight and Barbi stayed to keep me company while I waited for my ride to the airport. We talked about her fabulous life in Paris with her husband and cute new baby. It was great catching up!

Then it was time to go home!!

Even after an amazing trip, I have to admit I was looking forward to going home to Jim & Joey!

Bisous,
Saab

FOUR DAYS IN PARIS: DAY 3

(Click here to read about Day 1) / (Click here to read about Day 2)

I was most excited for our third day in Paris and for good reason.

Dove has always believed that you are most beautiful when you are happy and comfortable with who you are. In order to remind women to be kind to themselves, they built a 178-square-meter store dedicated entirely to true beauty.

Together with select girls from all over the world, and some French press (the media, not the coffee 😜), I was truly lucky enough to be one of the very first to set foot inside the Dove Pop-Up Store.

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The store carried a lot of exclusive beauty gift items perfect for the holidays!

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I liked this little corner:

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In English: Make beauty a source of confidence. 8 out of 10 girls give up important activities of their lives when they do not feel comfortable with their appearance. The Dove Project for Self-Esteem reached more than 20 million girls to help them gain self-confidence and develop a positive relationship to their appearance. Write a positive message about beauty you would share with a girl.

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Reminder to self 👆🏻

Of course, we got so excited for the customization stations where we’d personalize our own beauty bars, creams, and more!

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At this station, you can customize your own body lotion, body scrub, body wash, or body cream! We got our skin tested for moisture and I learned that I had extra dry skin because of the cold weather. I chose the body scrub!

Next, we select a scent! I said I wanted to smell sexy, so I chose the option “beauté irrésistible”

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We were asked to choose ingredients ranging from coconut milk to apricot extract.

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You could also add some shimmer!

The lady recommended sweet almond oil for my dry skin! To complete the srub, I chose kiwi seeds!

While waiting, I moved on to the personalized beauty bar station!

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Check out all the pretty names (you’re gonna have to squint haha)!! Isha helped me pick possible names for my future child. Hahaha!

You’re given the difficult task of choosing which beauty bar you want to personalize: blue-green coconut, vanilla shea butter, or rose fig!

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I chose shea butter!

We were to pick-up our products that same night at the launch party for the Pop-Up Store. In the meantime, we were off to our next personalized activity! YAY!

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Maille Leo is a boutique that prides itself in customizing pieces for their customers!

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We each got to choose a shirt and become dressmakers for a half hour as we put our personal touches!

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Isha doing a modified #MannequinChallenge

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Heehee! We’re waiting to receive our finished shirts any day now in the mail ☺️

Next stop was lunch at Lazare, a restaurant located inside a train station!

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Bonded with Brazilian Youtuber Karol Pinheiro because she also has a cute Pomeranian! She has a tattoo of her dog Cookie on her arm! Cute!!

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The food was amaaaazing!!

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We had some free time to shop and look around Le Marais, a favorite shopping district in Paris.

Our meeting point was this café called Season and OMG the strawberry cheesecake was… THE. BEST. I wasn’t able to try the chocolate cake but I’m sure it was heaven, too. Try it for me if you’re ever in the area.

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Children holding hands while crossing the street
Children holding hands while crossing the street

Isha and I went to this HUGE concept store called Empreintes and everything was eye candy from the minute we stepped inside.

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There was a café, also by Season, on the 2nd floor
There was a café, also by Season, on the 2nd floor

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We were only going to window shop but we passed by smaller shops and ended up buying a few items. Heehee. No major damage on our wallets though! High five, Isha!✨

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Walking back to our meeting point, a young girl surprised us on the streets! She started talking to us in Tagalog! She said she reads my blog. You can imagine how much that warmed my heart even in the freezing cold.

She spoke in Tagalog but had a Parisian accent, it was very lovely. She grew up there and is currently studying. It was so nice meeting you, Anne Claire!:)

Hotel Providence at night
Hotel Providence at night

After a quick stop by our hotel to freshen up, we headed back to the pop-up store for the launch party!

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The Dove Pop-Up Store at 108 rue Saint-Lazare will be open until December 18th!

Look at our matching head tilt!! Haha! Russia, Japan and Philippines :)

We also got our finished products from when we visited the store earlier that day!

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The other girls and I were talking about what we would do with our personalized beauty bars. We agreed we weren’t going to use it because it’s just too pretty!! Plus, it’s a reminder of our wonderful Paris trip with Dove. Mine is currently displayed proudly in our guest bathroom. If any of my guests use it by accident, I will totally wash their mouths out with it. Hahaha, I’m kidding!! (Or am I?)

Thanks to this beautiful girl who helped engrave more than 300 bars that day!
Thanks to this beautiful girl who helped engrave more than 300 bars that day!
Took home some personalized ones for my sisters, too!
Took home some personalized ones for my sisters, too!

For my totally limited edition body scrub, I asked them to help me translate Time-Turner (as in Hermione Granger’s nifty gadget) et voila:

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I’ve used it twice already and felt gorgeous and silky soft after showering. The hard part is that I don’t want to finish it… Ever! Haha!

I feel very lucky to have experienced this at all. I’m obsessed with Dove products and their brand’s key message of embracing real and unique beauty.

We tend to be critical of ourselves. There’s this pressure that we’re not where we should be in life. That we’re not as tall, as thin, or as fair-skinned as our peers. Yes, of course, we’re NOT like our peers – that’s because we are totally different people! That doesn’t mean one is necessarily better than the other.

When we spend time obsessing over who we are not, we end up wasting time. You can try changing who you are and how you look to fit whatever you think is the standard of beauty, but if everybody did that then we’d all just look the same. Where’s the fun in that?

There’s only one you in this world. You are your own limited edition. Now isn’t that beautiful?😉

♥,
Saab

FOUR DAYS IN PARIS: DAY 2

(Read about Day 1 here)

Our second day in Paris started with a quick stop for tea at a cozy crafts shop along Rue Deguerry called Klin D’oeil. Everything in that place was so pretty, I just clicked away on my camera.

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Klin D'oeil means Wink of the Eye
Klin D’oeil means Wink of the Eye

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Hehehe
Hehehe

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One part of the shop was transformed into a Dove gallery so we could look at some products offered exclusively in other countries.

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You KNOW there's nothing in that mug. Hahaha I was assigned an "I HEART NEW YORK" mug so I thought I'd grab this one for photos.😂
You KNOW there’s nothing in that mug. Hahaha I was assigned an “I HEART NEW YORK” mug so I thought I’d grab this one for photos.😂

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Japan is the only country that carries a facial care line by Dove. Jealous!!
Japan is the only country that carries a facial care line by Dove. Jealous!!
They gave us a care package!!
They gave us a care package!!
I got a personalized notebook!! Huhu <3
I got a personalized notebook!! Huhu <3

Then we all went to lunch down the street at a lovely restaurant called Tannat.

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Crunchy mushroom with beschamel sauce and pink cauliflower. It was divine.
Crunchy mushroom with beschamel sauce and pink cauliflower. It was divine.

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We split up into smaller groups and ours walked back to Klin D’oeil for a briefing with Dove Global’s VP, Sophie Galvani. She reminded us what Dove is all about. She showed us some campaign videos from the past and although I’d seen some of them in the past, it still struck a chord with me. I got a little emotional and I want to share these empowering videos with you in case you haven’t seen them yet. Get your tissues ready, girls.

Not a lot of women believe themselves to be beautiful.

Dove’s social mission is to ensure that the next generation grows up with a positive relationship with the way they look and help them reach their full potential.

When they choose women to be part of their campaigns, they choose women who have beautiful personalities emenating from within.

Your Hair, Your Choice

Okay, wipe away those tears of joy. Do you feel more beautiful now? I really do hope so!!💙

Dove is not just all talk. They have a self-esteem progam that has 20 million young people reached across 138 countries. They’ve been educating children about self-esteem since 2004 and I think that’s very important especially in today’s digital world where we keep comparing ourselves to everyone we see on Instagram. I’m just very proud to be an ambassador for such an amazing brand.

To further their point about being unique, we made some DIY pins for ourselves! We were taught by Helene and Julien of heju.fr – pls check out their DIY blog UGH IT’S SO PRETTY.

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Here’s my pin:

Made a DIY pin back in Paris with the help of Helene and Julien of @hejublog 💙

A photo posted by Saab Magalona-Bacarro (@saabmagalona) on

Afterwards, we went to a couple of jewelry designers to get some personalized pieces!

First stop was Alice Hubert’s shop.

Alice Hubert
Alice Hubert

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It was really inspiring to hear her talk about her humble beginnings. It was as if she was born to do this.

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Loooooooooook <3<3
Loooooooooook <3<3

Jeweller number 2: OMBRE + CLAIRE

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This was what I made hehe
This was what I made hehe

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And then it was time to go to dinner, we did a bit of sightseeing on the way!

In English: Hangover
In English: Hangover
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Le Louvre by night
Le Louvre by night

Dinner was at this super chic place called Chez Simone. It’s a yoga and boxing studio by day and restaurant by night. I KNOW, RIGHT??? Super cool.

I should get that S sign for my wall
I should get that S sign for my wall

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It was the highlight of my 2nd day because I really bonded with the rest of the girls that night! It was so fun talking about our own countries and all the silly things from back home.

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That’s it for day 2!! Stay tuned for day 3 :)

♥,
Saab

Four Days in Paris: Day 1

The Global team of Dove invited women from all over the world to experience their first ever Dove Pop-Up Store in Paris. “Why Paris?” some of us asked. “Because it’s the capital of beauty,” they answered. There’s no denying that. Here’s a photo journal of my first day in Paris. It was a free day for us. I checked into my room at Hotel Providence. It was a beautiful boutique hotel and no two rooms looked the same. It was in theme with Dove’s key message that everybody’s beauty is unique.

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This mini-bar was made especially for the hotel.
This mini-bar was made especially for the hotel.

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PEG!!
PEG!!

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On the first day, I met Isha Andaya-Valles – editor-in-chief of Preview Magazine. She was the only other Filipina in the group so naturally, we bonded. We freshened up and headed out to lunch with some of our friends who lived in Paris.

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I wonder where you can get nice things?
I wonder where you can get nice things?
Hey, moe!
Hey, moe!

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Isha
Isha

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CHEESE
CHEESE

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We got lost looking for the restaurant. Apparently, we passed it thrice and hadn’t noticed it at all.

The sign was so tiny and semi-camouflaged!
The sign was so tiny and semi-camouflaged!

Semilla was recommended by our friend Erica Paredes. She’s been taking cooking classes in Paris for over a year now.

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Hehehe!
Hehehe!
I shared my mushroom pasta with Isha
I shared my mushroom pasta with Isha
And she shared her scallops with me
And she shared her scallops with me
Lemon tart looking like Meringue Lights
Lemon tart looking like Meringue Lights
Mich Dulce also joined us for lunch!
Mich Dulce also joined us for lunch!

After a delicious meal and tons of chikahan, we said goodbye to Erica. Mich walked us to Monnaie de Paris, a museum that she highly recommended. The line was crazy long so we walked to The Louvre instead because Isha hadn’t been.

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Di kami ready haha
Di kami ready haha

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I don’t know what we were thinking because, of course, the line was even longer for The Louvre. It was alright because at least we got to take photos hehe

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We went around the Tuilerie gardens instead. It was so cold so we were about to get some coffee when we saw a sign for hot wine. It tasted delicious, like hot spiced sangria.

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Walked around some more with Isha towards the Centre Pompidou which we both had never experienced.

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Giant meringue omg
Giant meringue omg
Cutie pie doggy
Cutie pie doggy
Heyyy that's not how you spell Saab haha
Heyyy that’s not how you spell Saab haha

But before entering the museum, Mich told us to meet her at Miznon – a very hip gourmet restaurant that serves pita sandwiches and more.

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Sweet kamote! Not very photogenic haha but this was deeeeelish!
Sweet kamote! Not very photogenic haha but this was deeeeelish!

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This was the best ratatouille I'd ever tasted in my whole life. Not kidding. Grabe siya.
This was the best ratatouille I’d ever tasted in my whole life. Not kidding. Grabe siya.
Who knew cauliflower could be this good??? It's boiled, grilled then drizzled in olive oil.
Who knew cauliflower could be this good??? It’s boiled, grilled then drizzled in olive oil.

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Make sure to check it out when you’re there, it’s right beside the famous L’As du Fallafel. We said goodnight to Mich before heading to Centre Pompidou where we were not allowed to take photos (sadly) but we got in for free! I guess because it was a Sunday?

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Being in the midst of works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, et al was very humbling, to say the least. It was mind-blowing, to say the least.

I snuck a picture with my phone because I am truly Pinoy lelz
I snuck a picture with my phone because I am truly Pinoy lelz

By the time the museum closed at 9PM, both Isha and I were dead-tired. We took an Uber back to our hotel and passed out. We were very tired but also very excited for the days to come! Check back tomorrow for Day 2 of my four days in Paris:)

P.S. The not-so-great photos were just taken with our phones in case you were wondering!!

♥,
Saab

Osaka: A Photo Diary

Some shots from our trip to Osaka last month

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Jim and I landed in Osaka pretty late at night, met up with our friend Kyle who got there a couple of days earlier and the four of us had a very late dinner along Shinsaibashi. I can’t remember what the place is called but it’s open until pretty late and we ate there twice.

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Checked in at our AIRBNB which was just a few blocks away

Photo from Airbnb
Photo from Airbnb

It was a cozy apartment but big enough for 4 people. Our other friend Enzo stayed for 2 nights. Great location, too. Click here if you wanna check it out.

The next day we set out to go around Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori

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Shinsaibashi
Shinsaibashi-suji
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Passed by a pet shop and had to drop by
Passed by a pet shop and had to drop by
Would have taken more photos but they said it wasn't allowed huhu
Would have taken more photos but they said it wasn’t allowed huhu
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle

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Best place to buy sneakers! There's a ton of ABC MART branches around Japan.
Best place to buy sneakers! There’s a ton of ABC MART branches around Japan.

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A lot of tourists use the Glico Man as a spot for meet ups. "Let's meet by the Glico Man!" It's right by the bridge to Dotonbori
A lot of tourists use the Glico Man as a spot for meet ups. “Let’s meet by the Glico Man!” It’s right by the bridge to Dotonbori
Dotonbori is where you must go to eat!!
Dotonbori is where you must go to eat!!

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We had conveyor belt sushi, of course.

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We also ate at Ichiran twice while we were there. Wild talaga ramen dun, friends.
We also ate at Ichiran twice while we were there. Wild talaga ramen dun, friends.

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sup fam
sup fam

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My love
My love

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Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle

The famed Pablo cheesecakes — SO YUMMY

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Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle
Photo by Kyle

Funniest thing while I was trying on a sweater from Puma, they asked me to wear this bag over my head so my makeup wouldn’t transfer onto their clothes. I was also asked to take off my shoes before entering the dressing room

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I no longer have photos of the following days because Kyle borrowed my memory card. He shot a music video for Cheats and I promise you, it’s worth it. Can’t wait for you guys to see it!! I also thought we weren’t allowed to bring cameras to Summer Sonic. Turns out they don’t check your bags at all. My tip if you’re going to the music festival next year: bring your own booze and line up early for the bathrooms because you may spend 40 minutes in line! Oh, and don’t forget to wear sunblock!! RADIOHEAD WAS FIIIIRE.

♥,
Saab

The Huntsman Premiere at Universal Studios Singapore

A few weeks back, I got an invite to the premiere of The Huntsman: Winter’s War in Universal Studios Singapore. Not only that, the awesome folks from Resorts World Sentosa told me I would get to meet & greet Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain and Charlize Theron!! Unfortunately, Emily Blunt couldn’t fly out because she’s pregnant and expecting her second child with John Krasinski (a.k.a. Jim from The Office).

Still, I got to shake hands with Hemsworth, Chastain and Theron!!! WHAT?!?! Even until now I can’t believe it. Hollywood stars always seem like mythical creatures. We always hear about them but never see one in real life so actually touching their hands was what I’d imagine touching a unicorn to feel like. Haha!

We flew out Saturday morning after an awesome night out with the band. Jim and I were expecting to sleep the whole 4-hour flight to Singapore but guess what we ended up doing non-stop? We played chess on my iPad. Haha. For 4 hours straight. Ang sakit sa brain.

We checked in to our room at Festive Hotel, which is where Cheats also stayed when we shot our music video for Summer at Resorts World Sentosa. Click here if you haven’t seen our video!!

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Love clean bathrooms!!
Love clean bathrooms!!
The view
The view

For our first night there, we had dinner at the amazing Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora where we sat in front of a larger-than-life aquarium. It was a breathtaking dining experience to say the least.

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After dinner, we met up with Jim’s ate Mia at this cool al fresco bar called OverEasy along Fullerton Road. No photos to capture the night, unfortunately, except for this blurry one. Haha!

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Then we walked to Boat Quay where we had a few more drinks, Tom Yum soup and noodles to cap off the night.

The following day, we went around to Universal Studios before heading back to our hotel to get ready for the premiere.

I never get tired of this place!
I never get tired of this place!

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Annnnnd it was time for the premiere. Watch my Snapchat feed below, in case you missed it!

While I was busy Snapchatting, Jim took care of taking photos for my blog! Isn’t he perfect??

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That's me, Snapping away.
That’s me, Snapping away.
The director of The Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
The director of The Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
People going wild because Charlize was approaching!
People going wild because Charlize was approaching!
GANDA NI ATE GIRL!!!
GANDA NI ATE GIRL!!!

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Swerte ng girl na itech
Swerte ng girl na itech

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Jessica Chastain signed my poster huhuhu
Jessica Chastain signed my poster huhuhu

Jessica Chastain was the first to step onto the red carpet but she was the last one to get to our spot (closest to the entrance of the theater), because she was really trying to grant as many fan photos and autographs. She was followed by Chris Hemsworth who was so handsome (no surprise there) even if he looked like he was dying from the heat in his suit. Charlize was the last to arrive but first to get to our spot although that’s not to say she took her time on the red carpet as well. Her hair looked like it was silky soft and she looked amazing in her white dress.

Then it was time for our group to head backstage for the meet and greet. The Resorts World Sentosa staff called us K.O.L.s short for Key Opinion Leaders, similar to what’s more commonly known here as “influencers.” How flattering, they see me as an influencer?? Sure hope I’m a good influence. LEL.

THAT'S ME SHAKING HANDS WITH JESSICA CHASTAIN
THAT’S ME SHAKING HANDS WITH JESSICA CHASTAIN
THAT'S ME AGAIN HAVING A MOMENT WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH HUHUUHU
THAT’S ME AGAIN HAVING A MOMENT WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH HUHUUHU

When it was time to take the photos though, of course I asked Charlize, “Can I stay beside you?” to which she replied, “Of course!” ?

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It was an amazing experience, plus we got to see the movie before it officially comes out! It comes out in Manila April 13. Here’s the trailer for The Huntsman Winter’s War:

I have to say I didn’t expect much from the movie since I didn’t like Snow White and The Huntsman except for Charlize Theron’s role. But I actually had fun watching it! I don’t know why most online reviews aren’t so nice. Of course, the accents are ridiculously off, the plot is predictable, but somehow I found it fun enough. Although, I may have been heavily swayed by the theater’s amazing surround sound — something that makes a world’s difference when watching a movie, for me at least. Doesn’t hurt that I’m a huge fan of the four lead actors.

JUST LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY
JUST LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY

If you’re looking for something light, fun but not exactly life-changing, I think you’d enjoy the movie!

Jim and I wanted to grab a few drinks before we went to bed but as the movie started later than intended, most restaurants were already closed by the time the movie ended. So we ordered some beers and laksa via room service and watched Adventure Time while packing for our flight the next day. What a great impromptu weekend.

Thanks again to Resorts World Sentosa for having us!

♥,
Saab

The Farm at San Benito

Let me start off this post by saying: I have the best sister in the world.

For my birthday last year, which I share with her, she and her boyfriend Robby gave me vouchers for an overnight stay at The Farm. She knows how much Jim and I have been wanting to go there and she got me the best gift ever when I wasn’t even expecting anything! Of course I had nothing for her because I’m such a crappy sister… Hahaha joke lang, I’m the best in other ways naman (I hope) but oh my goodness I felt terrible. That’s because birthdays have never really been a big deal for me – I really have to drag myself to celebrate it with friends and family. It wasn’t right of me to assume everybody else doesn’t care either. I swear I will step it up this year.

Maxx, take note: DON’T GET ME ANYTHING THIS YEAR PLEASE. Gift mo na sa akin na makabawi ako hehehe. So we booked our overnight stay this week to celebrate our wedding anniversary a few days earlier (our anniversary is tomorrow, January 24).

The Farm is a wellness resort and spa located at San Benito, Batangas. Maxx and Robby got us a Narra Pool Villa similar to the one they stayed in last year. The moment we stepped inside, I said to Jim, “we are not worthy.” Hahaha. Look at how beautiful the place was.

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2 separate toilets!

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Drinking water
Drinking water

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Still working while on Holiday hehe
Still working while on Holiday hehe

We did a lot of walking around The Farm but we didn’t come close to exploring all of its 50 hectares. The place has been around for 15 years and its been open to the public for 12. On our first night we got a skin kayud treatment at their healing sanctuary, about a 7-minute walk from our villa.

Then we had dinner at ALIVE! restaurant where they serve all vegan meals. My favorite is the mushroom broccoli pasta – make sure to try it if you find yourself at The Farm. I don’t think I could ever become vegan but it was nice to experience it for 2 days.

I wanted to take home this robe in our room. Isn't it chic??
I wanted to take home this robe in our room. Isn’t it chic?? I look like a samurai.

The next day we had a very yummy set breakfast. First we had a huge seasonal fruit platter, followed by granola cereal, and our choice of main course.

Jim got the quinoa pancakes
Jim got the quinoa pancakes
I had the malunggay empanada
I had the malunggay empanada

Both were VERY delicious, Jim even said the quinoa pancakes were the best pancakes he’d ever tasted. I had a bite and I can’t disagree.

We took a nap after breakfast. I woke up 2 hours later and I saw Jim working on his laptop. I said, “Uy, grabe, solid ng nap ko!”

“Oo nga eh grabe ka mag-snore.”

“What?? Oh my gosh, sorry!”

“It’s okay. Soothing naman ang sound ng whale eh.”

HAHAHA THAT BASTARD!!! I asked, “DID YOU JUST CALL ME A WHALE??” and he hugged me and answered, “No, I said you SOUND like a whale.” Hahaha. I love this guy.

We took a dip in the beautiful temperature-controlled pool.

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"Stop taking pictures and swim!!"
“Stop taking pictures and swim!!”

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Of course I said, “HELLO, YOU HAVE TO TAKE PICTURES OF ME!!”

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In fair, si Jim nag-direct sa akin to take this picture.
In fair, si Jim nag-direct sa akin to take this picture.

We went back to the healing sanctuary to get a their signature Filipino hilot massage

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I’m in love with their petal arrangements

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Had a late lunch before checking out

Vegan sausage
Vegan sausage

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We enjoyed our stay immensely especially with the helpful staff and crew. They were always smiling and they seemed to really love what they do. Who wouldn’t be happy to live in such a paradise? We’ll definitely make plans to go back. It was an amazing retreat and we want to try more of the treatments they have to offer.

Check out www.thefarmatsanbenito.com for more information.

Thanks again, Maxx and Robby. You guys are the best.

♥,
Saab

Cheats – Summer Music Video for Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

We don’t know about you guys but our collective favorite season is the one that gets us all sweaty and sunburnt. It’s far from summer time right now but that’s exactly the point of Cheats’ latest single called (you guessed it) Summer. Being around a certain person transports you to your favorite season! It’s a love song which is an unusual theme for Cheats. In other words: this is a big deal, people. Haha!

I’m sure you guys know somebody that reminds you of summer. They make your palms (and kilikili haha) sweat, you want to grab ice cream with them, nothing else matters when they’re around, you feel free, the similarities go on. But what do your crush and the hottest time of the year most have in common? There’s a big chance of getting burnt by them but the experience is almost always worth it. That’s why the chorus goes: so much more, what you waiting for? We’re literally reminding you guys to take a stab at it!! You two could be so much more!!! Yihee!

We shot our music video at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore under the direction of Weave. It was my third time there but visiting the resort always feels like the first time.

Here’s a photo of Jim and I with Evac back in 2012 (we were pretending to be Sam and Mikaela LOL)

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Here’s a photo of us just last October when we shot our video:

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This time we were with Optimus Prime AND Bumblebee

Anyway, before I keep babbling on, I’d like to present our music video for Summer:

It’s an understatement to say we had a blast shooting the video at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore. Can you imagine, we got to Universal Studios at 6AM – that’s 4 hours before the park opened! It was an unforgettable experience.

No lines!!
No lines!!
Feeling the vibe!
Feeling the vibe!

The video shows Jim and I trying to enjoy a romantic day at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore. Little do we know, our band mates are also there and they pull all sorts of pranks on us. This is art imitating life, actually. Hahaha! Jim and I keep trying to ditch our friends in the video but in the end we realize we could also enjoy the day just as much with our best friends around. Just like RWS can be enjoyed by a couple or a big group. If you ask me, I think I would even be able to enjoy it if I were by myself! I know you can skip a lot of lines if you’re by yourself, actually. Haha! Still, the more the merrier.

Good times!
Good times!

So what you waiting for? Hehe. Head on over to rwsentosa.com/ph for SO MUCH MORE!;)

♥,
Saab

It’s #TempuraTime!

Hope you guys are having an awesome new year so far! I’m in Singapore right now celebrating with the Bacarros. It’s Jim’s and my first year as a married couple and we geared up for the “Jim & Saab Rockin’ Family Tour” way ahead of time as you can read from my previous post. Haha! I love family trips!! It’s always a riot.

My favorite family trip has to be when Jim proposed to me in front of my mom and siblings in Ueno Park, Tokyo. We’re going back to Tokyo in February with the Magalonas and the Bunagans (a.k.a. Michael V’s family – he and tita Carol are my parents’ BFFs. Can you say #squadgoals??) and I’m sure it’s gonna be epic. Epic? That term’s so 2012. What’s a hipper term for epic? It’s gonna be as-monumental-as-star-wars-the-force-awakens-opening-day. Okay, maybe not quite but close enough.

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You guys know what going to Japan equates to: I AM GONNA PIG OUT ON JAPANESE FOOD. As if I don’t do that enough locally hahaha but hey, iba pa rin sa Japan. I can’t wait. And for that exact reason, I am SUPER excited for #NationalTempuraDay!! Yep. It’s a thing!! Every January 7th, people from different parts of the world feast on this deep-fried seafood as they satisfy their cravings for prawn tempura.

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I know Thanksgiving has long passed but THANK YOU, Tokyo Tokyo, as they will be bringing #NationalTempuraDay to the Philippines!

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“We wanted to start the year right especially for our loyal fans. Our own take on the National Tempura Day is our way of extending our gratitude to them for loving our signature quality prawn tempura,” said Harvie Sering, Tokyo Tokyo Product Manager. “On this day, they can enjoy and fill their appetites with their favorite Prawn Tempura for only P25 per piece. That’s 50% off on our prawn tempura add-ons!”

The National Tempura Day 50% off promo applies on prawn tempura add-on and is valid for dine-in only. It’s #TempuraTime!!

For exclusive National Tempura Day contests and promos:
http://twitter.com/TokyoTokyoPHL
http://instagram.com/tokyotokyophilippines
http://facebook.com/tokyotokyophilippines

♥,
Saab

Cheats Invade Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

Early this month, Cheats flew to Singapore to record a music video. We had the best time going around Resorts World Sentosa Singapore! As I share some behind-the-scenes photos, I’ll give you a rundown of things you can do as you spend your holiday at Asia Pacific’s best integrated resort.

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Things To Do In Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

Meet the Minions and your other favorite characters at Universal Studios Singapore

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Race your best friend or crush (or both) down a huge water slide

Dueling Racer located in Adventure Cove Waterpark
Dueling Racer located in Adventure Cove Waterpark

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Pretend to be under the sea in more ways than one

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At the Open Ocean Gallery within S.E.A. Aquarium. This is Asia’s top 3 aquarium and it houses 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species
At the Open Ocean Gallery within S.E.A. Aquarium. This is Asia’s top 3 aquarium and it houses 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species

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Snorkeling with 20,000 fish over a colourful Rainbow Reef inside Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Snorkeling with 20,000 fish over a colourful Rainbow Reef inside Adventure Cove Waterpark.

Float down a river surrounded by marine life

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Adventure River , Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adventure River , Adventure Cove Waterpark

Make believe you’re royalty as you visit Lord Farquaad’s castle

Far Far Away, Universal Studios Singapore
Far Far Away, Universal Studios Singapore

Eat so much yummy food at the celebrity restaurants around the resort

Bara Chirashi Sushi Jyu at Japanese restaurant Syun
Bara Chirashi Sushi Jyu at Japanese restaurant Syun
Burger and hotdog from Mel’s Drive In, Universal Studios Singapore
Burger and hotdog from Mel’s Drive In, Universal Studios Singapore

Join the Autobots and be a freedom fighter

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Right before going on Transformers The Ride
Right before going on Transformers The Ride

Trip out on sea jellies and other sea creatures

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Best of all…

Annoy your friends by being all lovey-dovey with your partner

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Hahaha!! Resorts World Sentosa Singapore can be enjoyed with your significant other or with your family or with friends! I’m going back to Singapore to celebrate the New Year, so I suggest you plan your year-end trip as well!!

Can’t wait for you guys to see our music video!!! Will post it as soon as it’s done!:)

♥,
Saab

For more information about Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, visit www.rwsentosa.com